I work at a university in a laboratory where our network is really dependant upon the universities network being up. One particular laboratory that we have has instruments that connect to a "box" that translates the instruments RS-232 signals to TCP/IP. That "box" has an ethernet cable that connect to a dataport which is behind a firewall. The firewall router is "managed" by our university IT at another location. We then have a Dell PowerEdge 2900 server in the lab that runs software to control the instruments through the "box".
We don't want these instruments to be dependant upon the university network being up...we had an experience where our firewall routers power was "accidentally" turned off and all our PC's in the lab began losing network access. What we would like to do is go directly from the "box" into the PowerEdge server without begin dependant upon the university's firewall router.
Seems like I should be able to connect our "box" directly into a router in the lab but I'm not so sure I know how to accomplish this. Can someone offer advice or point me to documentation on how best to set this up?